Julianne Hough Says She’s ‘Not Straight’
Julianne Hough and her husband, professional hockey player Brooks Laich, recently celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary, but in a new interview with Women's Health, the singer says she's "not straight." The country singer, actor and professional dancer says she's only recently been able to be forthcoming about her sexuality.
“I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’ And he was like, ‘I’m sorry, what?’" Hough explains to Women's Health, though she does not explicitly call herself bisexual. Recounting the recent conversation between herself and Laich, she continues, "I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you.'"
Hough says she had this conversation with her husband after months of "unpacking" various moments and trials she's endured, including her endometriosis diagnosis and going through the process of in vitro fertilization. She says she's been "connecting to the woman inside that doesn't need anything, versus the little girl that looked to [Brooks] to protect me," though Hough admits that she feared that her husband might not love the changes.
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"But the more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me. Now we have a more intimate relationship," she says. Later, she adds, "I think there’s a safety with my husband now ... There’s no fear of voicing things that I’ve been afraid to admit or that I’ve had shame or guilt about because of what I’ve been told or how I was raised.”
Hough has been focusing on her acting and dancing careers in recent years, but she released her debut album with Mercury Nashville in 2008. The No. 1 album was followed by a Christmas EP and wins in both the ACM Top New Female Vocalist and ACM Top New Artist categories. Her 2010 single "Is That So Wrong" is her most recent new country music; Wildfire, the album on which it was supposed to appear, never materialized.
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